Definitions starting with C

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child

/chayl/ n. 1. [Trin. idem "never used among males" (Ottley 11); Guy. idem "irrespective of sex or age" (Yansen 35); cf. Scots chiel child ... term of fondness or intimacy CSD; cf. Reunion Cr. Fr. ma fiy ma fille (interjection tres feminine) (Chaudenson 1974:162)] an affectionate term of address (usually among females): 1977 She said to someone, "Ah, child, you don't get much for a shilling now-a-days"(Albury 19). (Gen.)

2. usually that child a person of any age: 1936 (of an adult) Dot chile is ridin' d' King English bareback (Dupuch 7).

Tags: noun, term of address

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Last update: 2010-12-24 19:19
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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